Steve and Danielle Walsh
Steve is an avid surfer and traveler who left his native Ireland for California, where he found warmer waters, a fast-paced career in Hollywood's movie industry, and his adventurous wife Danielle. Throughout their many travels, Steve and Danielle found the magical charm (and consistent surf) of Santa Teresa captivating. It was the relaxed lifestyle and the tight-knit international community of locals that made them decide to make Santa Teresa their second home, where they are now raising their two children.
Steve and Danielle created Joya Villas in 2016 as a space for other families, friends, and refined travelers to experience the raw energy and beauty of Santa Teresa without compromising comfort or style. They are passionate about giving families and friends the opportunity to live the "pura vida" way on vacation and create memories for years to come.
Jose Pablo Saenz
Jose Pablo is the Property Manager extraordinaire at Joya Villas, making sure that all our guests have the best experience possible and that the property stays beautiful and eco-friendly year-round. A native Costa Rican, Jose Pablo moved to Santa Teresa in 2012 to be closer to the ocean and continue a career in hospitality. He has since been the General Manager at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa and is one of the owners at our favorite café in town, Café Social. Beyond being an expert on hospitality and the area, he loves to surf, fish, and jam with his band (you can catch them playing at Kika on Thursday nights!).